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Coming soon to a ballot near you
May 15 marked the last day for candidates to file for office. As opposed to most primaries, this year's ballot carries several contested races.

For starters, John Clifford, who owns the namesake hardware store near the corner of Cottage Avenue and Woodring, will seek a rematch of sorts in the race for Port of Chelan County Commissioner, District 1.

In March of 2014, Clifford applied to replace Craig Larsen when the latter resigned to take a job elsewhere in the Port. The Port picked Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, but Johnston-Rodriguez has decided not to run.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...

Two Cashmere juniors headed to Girls' State
Two 11th-graders from Cashmere High School will represent the school in the annual Evergreen Girls' State civic education and government training program in Ellensburg this June.

Olivia Abbott and Amanda Bobbitt will learn the ins and outs of city, state and state government during a weeklong camp at the Central Washington University campus.

"You go and you basically learn how the government works," Abbott said. "You get a chance to act in the roles, like you get elected into office, and you learn how to do it all."

Bobbitt was not available for comment. She and Abbott applied for a spot on Girls' State through the American Legion Auxiliary. Abbott's sister Aubrey attended the program about seven years ago.

Olivia said her sister helped convince her to attend but the decision was personal as well. She relished the opportunity to go with someone else from her hometown.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...
Roundabout plans get boost from council
The Cashmere City Council voted 4-1 to continue with its plan to build a roundabout near the intersection of Cottage Avenue and Aplets Way.

Council members David Sherman, Bob Abramoski, Skip Moore and David Erickson voted in favor. Council member Jim Fletcher voted against, stating that if people voice their opposition to the roundabout, council should wait.

"There was enough concern expressed by enough people that maybe we were in too much of a hurry," Fletcher said. "That we are letting construction schedule push it or other things and we hadn't connected with constituents. We had an opportunity to take a little more time and have a little better conversation."

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Sailor on the Longest Day


"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."

- President Franklin Roosevelt

D-Day Prayer

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 More...
'He just loved the game'
A member of Cashmere's graduating class of 1965, Scott Green still remembers the navy blue sweater he wore, and how cool he felt with it on at the tennis court, until he ran into his tennis coach.

"He wagged his little finger over and he said 'take that sweater off, you look like a thug,' or I think he said 'punk,'" Green remembered. Playing tennis in those days meant wearing neck-to-toe white, and Barnhart didn't like to mess with the tradition of the game he loved so.

"He was very traditional there," Green said, later adding, "he wasn't going to bend rules for anybody."

In a way, back then, Barnhart -who died last winter- was also an innovator, Green said..

Back then, children wanting to play tennis would just show up and play. Barnhart started a conditioning program for his players, Green said.

"He expected people to work hard," he said. He also set up JV matches, to increase the number of children getting a chance to play.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
DNR preparing for active fire season in eastern Washington
Due to a light winter and now mostly dry spring, firefighting agencies all over the state a preparing for an active fire season in eastern Washington. The State Department of Natural Resources is conducting a series of meetings across the state aimed at helping residents in fire-prone areas to think ahead and prepare for wildfire season.

One such meeting was held last week in Wenatchee. Meetings have been held in Methow, Okanogan and Lyle, in addition to Wenatchee. Other meetings are planned for Stevens County and Yakima.

So far, the reception at the meetings has been good, but attendance fairly light. Wyatt Layden, assistant region manager for resource protection, DNR Southeast Region, said they've done these sort of meetings before.

"There is a special emphasis here to inform folks, based on the dry winter and spring that we've had. We have a lot of landowner outreach relative to our cost share programs," Layden said. "Our message has been delivered with that."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Mayor Gomes to seek re-election
Stating that there are things he would like to see through to completion, Cashmere Mayor Jeff Gomes announced that he will seek a second four-year term at the helm of the city.

Gomes, a former fire chief turned councilman who succeeded Gordon Irle as the city's leader in 2012 mentioned getting the wastewater treatment plant going as one of the major milestones of his first term and one he would like to remain involved in during a possible second term.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Sarah Graves is new CMS principal
Sarah Graves, an assistant principal at Steilacoom High School is the new principal at Cashmere Middle School.

Graves, also a former AP for Keithley Middle School in Tacoma, said the chance to live in the Cashmere Valley and the chance to return to a middle school attracted her to the job.

A Puyallup native, Graves said Cashmere schools have a great reputation. The size of the school and the work happening within also made the job opportunity an attractive one.

Graves, like her predecessor at CMS Tony Smith, is a first-time principal.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 More...
Pinewood Derby, a rolling, racing good time
The three children roared as the cars zoomed by. Their refrain was identical, and familiar to anyone who has ever attended an event where humans and/or machines race.

"Go! Go! Go! Go!" they shouted in unison.

Not one of them was older than 5 years old. Not one of them was a Boy Scout or a Cub Scout, and not one of them could spell Pinewood Derby if asked, and yet, there they were, lungs at full mast, watching blocks of wood on wheels speed before their eyes.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 More...
CHS students let the books do the talking
Perennially quiet and reserved, Nicole Hayden earned a sliver of notoriety when her knowledge of literature helped a Cashmere High School Knowledge Bowl team reach second place at state.

Now that the tournament in Arlington is but a memory, Hayden has moved on, to the many other topics and concerns on a 12th-grader's mind. Nevertheless, her love of and her team's performance -the highest finish in school history-brought out something special in her.

Hayden, who describes herself as "not a people person" found herself in the midst of a team competition when she joined Knowledge Bowl. After a while, the team began clicking and having success. Asked how an introvert like her managed to thrive in Knowledge Bowl, she said that the fact that all the members of the team were people she knew well helped plenty.

"I find it hard to talk to people I don't know very well and I find it hard to talk to people in large groups," she said, "but it's easier when I spend time with people, and it's easier when I find I have something in common with people. So I have to say it was pretty easy to talk to other people in the team because I knew we had something in common, which was liking knowledge. It was common ground."

Thursday, May 7, 2015 More...
Hat project has got you covered
It takes a pretty nifty trick to make an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old feel like they matter, at the same time.

Well that's what the Hat Project has accomplished one cozy noggin at a time.

The project, a brainchild of Wenatchee's Aida Bound, makes gloves, quilts, diaper bags, afghans but mostly hats for children in low-income families across central Washington. The project recruits volunteer senior citizens and even a few teenagers to crochet the hats, which then go to the children in most need, like those who are homeless, those under WIC assistance and those in the various Head Start agencies including Cashmere's, and Chelan where children pick their favorite as their own.

"We just blanket the schools" with hats," Bound said.

Jeanne Steiner has started the Chelan chapter of the Hat Project, under the umbrella of Bound's organization. She said she hopes to cover Chelan, and Pateros and Brewster.

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